Date posted: Mar 23, 2018
The “Signs of the Times” series includes courses that address difficult social, political and cultural themes in order to provide steps to bridge the deep divisions in the U.S. today.
Could listening be an initial step in bridging the deep social, political and cultural divides in the U.S. today? In the midst of the digital din, how does one sort out the voices? A compelling memoir might be a good start. In Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance is both narrator of his own story and a frank and honest social commentator about the circumstances he, his family, and his community faced. A complex portrait of the white working class who feel excluded emerges. Join us in reading Vance’s memoir, discussing his analysis and observations, and discovering the impact of his story on your own.
This course has a required text: J.D. Vance. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. HarperCollins, 2016.
Check the course schedule for future offerings of this course.
Week 1: Getting to Know the Family (Chs. 1-4)
Week 2: Grade School Years (Chs. 5-8)
Week 3: High School, Marines, College (Chs. 9-11)
Week 4: Law School and Marriage (Chs. 12 – 15, Conclusion)
This course includes:
All Crossroads courses include these features:
J.D. Vance. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. HarperCollins, 2016.
A participant can expect to spend approximately 4 hours each week. This commitment includes both preparation and interaction online.
Content Scholar: The book is a memoir by J.D. Vance, who grew up in Appalachia and the Rust Belt. He is currently a principal in an investment firm. He is often a TV commentator on current events.
Updates on Boston College's preparations for the fall semester can be found at bc.edu/reopen